A 120-Year Lease on Life Outlasts Apartment Heir

In 1965, Andre-Francois Raffray thought he had a great deal. He would pay 90-year-old Jeanne Calment 2,500 francs (about $500) a month until she died, and would then move into her grand apartment in a town that Vincent van Gogh once roamed. Raffray died in 1995, by which time Calment had received more than double the apartment's value from him, and his family had to continue making payments. Calment commented on the situation by saying, “In life, one sometimes makes bad deals". In 1985, Calment moved into a nursing home, having lived on her own until age 110. She continued to live another 12 years, passing away on August 4, 1997.